Fishin' Buddies for Veterans started when I realized how fishin' has changed
my life. After all the pills, the sleepness nights, the wondering how much more I
can take, I went back to a love I had as a child, fishin'. I traded my pills for reels,
and the rest is history. I have my set-backs and my struggles with PTSD, there
is no hiding it, but getting my line wet and being at peace is nothing short of a
miracle for me. I ask myself, is it the lure of the catch or the being one with
nature? I think it is a little of both. The adrenaline you get when you get that line
tap, the rod bending and the fight to land it whether it is a 1 pound trout or at 10 pound catfish (which I know nothing about), well just to say it has me hooked. If you still ask me why I fish, contact me, and I will show you first hand the joys of being on the water, out in nature and fishin'. Big Trout OUT
SPC Kevin Massey
CO-founder / President
US Army / Disabled veteran
chino hills, California
SFC Norm wolfschlag
co-Founder / Vice President
US Army retired / Disabled
Fort Hood, TX
I’m a Retired Army Veteran who served 23 years in the Infantry. Most of you
who have served should understand what I’ve experienced. So for me dealing
with PTSD, I go fishing. Fishing is not so much about catching a fish but a
chance to be alone with my thoughts. I could spend hours fishing and come
home fishless but refreshed. But of course it’s always nice to catch something.
I don’t fish tournaments, because it puts pressure on myself to catch fish.
Pleasure fishing has no pressure, no adverse consequences. For example, our
computers have an application that defrags the hard drive, sorts files and puts
them in order to make them run more efficiently. Fishing helps me defrag by using the five R’s of mental health. Relax, reflect, rejuvenate, recover, and restore. Still can’t get away from those Military Acronyms.
Stop and consider for a moment how many actual places you are able to go to nowadays just to be alone to think and refresh yourself. It is a chance to re-boot your inner self and help your overall health in the process. It is a recognized rule that when a person is fishing, it is impolite to disturb them. So when you are feeling stressed, grab a fishing pole and head for the water to relax. Or you could pay a therapist $200.00 an hour for the same thing; but my personal choice is a fishing pole. Lobo 1 OUT
We are a network of veterans and anglers joining forces to combat a national epidemic, suicide among our Nation's veterans and military personnel. Our goal is to help them heal through fishin' and support them through their good and bad times. A few of us here are living proof of the positive effects that fishin' has had on our lives. This has provided the inspiration needed to spread the word. Fishin' provides peace, serenity and escape from the everyday hustle of life and those hidden wounds many of our Nation's veterans carry around. We are trading our pills for reels and going from battle buddies to fishin' buddies. Whether you came here for help or to help, we welcome you with open tackle boxes. We got your six; nobody is left behind. Relax, reflect, rejuvenate, recover, and restore.